VERY good response!
Especially agree with the use of electronics. There are so many people who are just "not there" in public, walking down a street, in a store, etc., with their face in a cell phone, or music blasting, and it is just crazy!
Some time in the Middle East would certainly cause Americans to realize that paying attention (situational awareness) is friggin' critical to living another day.
Another thing I sometimes hear people say is, "I wouldn't go through there without a gun."
Ok, if one feels that way, it is best to avoid the place with a gun as well. Avoidance is an underutilized tactic, even in our concealed carry community.
Then we have those who are aware, but lack planning, and don't train to respond IF something blows up. It is like some who carry think that they're going to be able to draw and fire in a traditional manner, handle an attacker with one shot, and be done.
If one looks at Police/FBI data, it is readily apparent that "one shot stops" are rare. Maybe if there's an immediate head shot...but that's not an optimal target, especially under stress.
And we have our blessed brothers-at-arms who were trained to do a triple tap to center mass. Ok, sure, the thoracic cavity is the easiest to hit, and contains the vital organs, but even 3 rounds of 45ACP to that area may not stop a threat. It can sometimes take those, plus a few to the throat, and maybe even one across the 2 inch line across the eyes to get the job done (sadly.
Avoidance is key, but so is training for the "what if's." Targets at the typical range, or martial arts training, doesn't adequately prepare one for close physical combat on the street. And if martial arts training prepares for the combat, a lot of times it doesn't train one for "the finishing" of an encounter properly. Example, lady under sexual assualt, on her back, on the ground. Her options are somewhat limited here. Most rapists who are captured near the time of their crime (the worst crime IMO), are found to have scratch marks under their eyes, and if they got away with only that damage, their victim may well be dead. Had the victim plucked out that eyeball, which had to be in reach, it would have stopped the attacker and SHE would've walked away.
There are targets for strikes, jabs, elbows, and knees that Mr. Tae Kwon Do at the Y doesn't teach, if he even knows them, because it makes people squeamish to consider the reality of a brutal attack. At best, with basic TKD training, or Tang Soo Do, sometimes een Jiu Jitsu, it just isn't enough to decisively stop an attacker with lethal force.
Those trained with Jiu Jitsu techniques in the US Armed Forces are usually instructed differently than civilians as well. However, if an attacker presents the threat of imminent, severe bodily-harm or death, IMO we should respond with lethal force, whether with a firearm or otherwise. If unarmed, then we need to know how to be really lethal, really quick, especially since there is usually more than one attacker to contend with. So ya stop a threat, scan, and address the next until you can safely walk away and notify the authorities. It's just not practical to train with only one-on-one combat scenarios all the time. We have to train to address one with lethal force and move to the next threat.
Sorry for that digression, but you mentioned the Middle-East, and it put my mind into the frame of being under attack by a group, and that the average American isn't equipped to deal with just one attacker, much less two or more.
Scumbags run in packs, look for the weakest target, and usually pose enough of a threat that lethal force is warranted. We aren't the police who are sworn to use "only necessary force." If we are a civilian under assualt, then we need to respond with overwhelming force as appropriate.
Also, I feel that if Americans would train for such things more, there would be a decrease in crime. Too many people are ok with "9-1-1" and the ensuing wait, when if they were properly trained, they could stop an attack in less time than it takes for the PD to respond.
But back to my point - faces glued to cell phone screens, iPads, whatever, or music blasting away while someone is oblivious, is not smart behavior! It is precisely the lack of awareness that scumbags look for in a victim, just like an animal that hunts looks for the weakest or slowest in a herd. Criminals are very much like animal predators, and we honest citizens who wish to live another day, need to be very aware of that fact, our surroundings, and all of our options in handling a "situation."